Steve Shainel, Roman Gregoire … new French cycling nuggets?

More and more new talent in power is taking over, for example, Remko Evenepoels, Tadej Pogakars, Vouts Van Erts or Matthew van der Poels. However, France must not be beaten by expectations that will soon shine. But who are they?

Peloton is undergoing a profound revolution with an explosion of talent such as Tadej Pogacar, Remco Evenepoel, Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel. Impressive runners who know how to take their destiny into their own hands to strive for the biggest victory. It seems that France is also waiting for this unusual runner, who always leaves with the idea of ​​winning various races. Even for Steve Shainel, we cannot forget that the current world champion is French.

For cycling in France we have our Van der Poel or Van Aert. You don’t have to go far. This is Julian Alaphilipe. J.ulian is able to win all 5 monuments. You have to be honest. Matthew van der Poels and Vouts van Aerts are murderers. They have a slightly higher beat and sprint speed than Julian. They can accommodate a small group at the finish line, but Julian is part of the castle. He’s starting to look a little older. He has experience, but he is still a French driver who can compete with these two guys. Even against the younger generation and Evenepoel or another. »

France is not an orphan in the youth category, even if some doubt it. It is enough to see the classifications of Espoo to be sure. The French are well represented and continue to progress to compete with the best.

“We’re all looking forward to what Romains Gregoire, Chainel …”

Even if it is obvious to Steve Shainel that the name of Roman Gregoar (in the picture), the Continentale Groupama-FDJ, the recent winner of the Liège-Baston-Liège Espoo, should be mentioned.

We are all waiting for what Roman Grégoire will provide. He is the French cyclo-cross champion and mainly the winner of the Liège-Baston-Liège Espoo. It may be a very great Frenchman, but a very great future and hope, we had a lot of them and they broke their teeth. French cycling is going well, in the youth categories the French are present, able to win titles, but it is often a problem to cross the Rubicon and play in a higher category. I trust drivers like Julian, Grégoire and others like Benouin Cosnefroy or Valentin Madou. They are a degree below some of the current young people, but they are very good and have already beaten them. That is a good sign. »

In the U23 group we can name several words that could participate. The first is Matisse Louvel. The Arkéa-Samsic runner is growing every year, and in the coming months he should still be surprised, as are his teammates Kevin Wokelin and Donovan Grondin.

At AG2R Citroën, we are relying on Paul Lapeira, Antoine Rogel or French Espoo Champion Valentine Retailleau, who is 3rd this year in Ghent-Wevelgem. Not forgetting Clement Shampoo. On the Cofidis side we also have a great generation of young riders with Hugo Toumire, Thomas Champion or Alexis Renards.

At the age of 23, the new TotalEnergies hit by Matthew Burgodo has already made an impression with a great victory in the Paris-Nice section. At Groupama-FDJ right now, we know we have very good drivers, such as David Gaudu and Valentin Madouass, who can aim high. Behind is the next generation, in reserve, at continental level with Roman Gregoire, but also climber Lenny Martiness or Eddie Le Huitouze. Words you will need to know.

Georgie Collins

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